See Ya 2008!/Albums of The Year List; New York, NY
December 31, 2021
It's here!  It's here!  I know it's been tough to wait for a blog so monumentus in it's very existence, but wait no more, for it has arrived!  Ha!  Come on, just give me my moment!  Give it to me, dammit! Don't think I can use any more exclamation points?  I can!  I can!
Ahem, excuse me, now on to the business at hand, which is my end of the year top albums list.  This is probably my favorite blog to write each year, as well as the one that I put the most effort into in terms of research, so I am always hoping that you will find a hidden gem of a band that turns you on and you end up loving.  I get emails from people who have gotten into bands through me, as well as those who have turned me onto bands themselves, and there really are few things cooler than giving and receiving good music, so I'm eternally stoked to be a part of it.
I think it was actually a bit of a slow year in terms of new music.  That's not to say that there hasn't been some excellent stuff that has come out; there definitely has.  I think perhaps I was a little disappointed in some of my usual heavy hitters that put out stuff that didn't absolutely blow my mind, like they usually do.  Rise Against, Spearhead, and Counting Crows seemed to fall into this category this year.  Their albums were very good, but just seemed to lack that extra 'oomph' that they usually have, although the recent Crows album is growing on me more and more, so that's a good thing... I felt I had to keep all three on this list as a sort of lifetime achievement.  Had to do it...
There were still some mind-bogglingly great albums put out though (Raconteurs, Kings of Leon, Jack Johnson, Shiny Toy Guns, The Hold Steady, and Fleet Foxes), so it wasn't toooooo bad of a year really.  Usually I cap myself at 20 albums on this list, but there was enough other interesting stuff this year, that I wanted to just leave it open-ended in terms of quantity.  Per the usual format, the very best albums are those that appear at the top of the list, with the other good stuff under that. Poker Radio
Enjoy!  I hope you find some stuff in my little trunk of musical nonsense that helps you get through your day.
As an addendum, I am a little disappointed in my good friend Jeremy, back in San Francisco, who usually turns me onto some sick band at the end of the year that I fall in love with (Minus The Bear, Silversun Pickups), but this year, no love...grrrrrrrr....
Virginia Coalition, "Home This Year"
TV On The Radio, "Dear Science"
Thriving Ivory, "Thriving Ivory"
Shiny Toy Guns, "Season Of Poison"
Raconteurs, "Consolers Of The Lonely"
Kings Of Leon, "Only The Night"
Jack Johnson, "Sleep Through The Static"
Death Cab For Cutie, "Narrow Stairs"
Fleet Foxes, "Fleet Foxes"
The Hold Steady, "Stay Positive"
Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard, "The Dark Knight (Original Motion Picture Score)"
Spearhead, "All Rebel Rockers"
T.I., "Paper Trail"
Rachael Yamagata, "Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart"
moe, "Sticks And Stones"
Gnarls Barkley, "The Odd Couple"
Mudvayne, "The New Game"
Rise Against, "Appeal To Reason"
Pendulum, "In Silico"
Counting Crows, Saturday Nights & Sundays Mornings"
Ben Folds, "Way To Normal"
Plush, "Fed"
Portishead, "Third"
Muse, "Haarp"
Mogwai, "The Hawk Is Howling"
MGMT, "Oracular Spectacular"
Cloud Cult, "Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornadoes)"
Ratatat, "LP3"
Candlebox, "Into The Sun"
Jack's Mannequin, "The Glass Passenger"
Nada Surf, "Lucky"
Juliana Hatfield, "How To Walk Away"
R.E.M., "Accelerate"
See you all in 2009, and may next year rock twice as hard as '08 did for all of you...


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